Textures of Snowdonia

Lliwedd and Moel Siabod are prominent, with Nant Gwynant between.

There’s a wonderful texture to the wild hillsides around Cwm Bychan. I’m not synesthetic but when I look at the red rocks and the purple heather I think of “bite”, a certain al-dente quality that I always admire when I see and feel it. The rock around this area is very red, different to most other parts of the national park, and surrounded by heather.

This area is just above and to the east of Beddgelert in the Snowdonia national park. It’s very quiet, away from the honey pots of Snowdon and the Glyders. There was much mining here in the past, of copper, and there’s still plenty of physical evidence of this. Rusting pylons of cable-ways, broken down buildings, spoil heaps. This makes it sound ugly but time has softened all this to make it picturesque.


The views are great and from quite a modest height. Lliwedd, part of the Snowdon horseshoe, is especially well-seen, but Snowdon summit, Moel Hebog and Moel Siabod are also prominent and there are great views up the Nant Gwynant and Nant Colwyn valleys and south to the flood plains behind Porthmadog and to the sea.

Sunsets can be good but the sun does have an annoying habit of setting behind Moel Hebog, throwing everything north of it into shade.

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